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BOWRING, John, trans.

Wybor Poezyi Polskiey. Specimens of the Polish poets;...

with notes and observations on the literature of Poland.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Printed for the author. Sold by Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy; and Rowland Hunter, 1827

Stock Code: 132565

£350
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Notes

First edition of the first collection of Polish poetry in English, including the great Renaissance writers such as Jan Kochanowski and Szymon Szymonowic to contemporary writers such as Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, Kazimierz Brodzinski, and Krystyn Lach Szyrma. The translator John Bowring (1792-1872) was a great friend of the Poles, and an ardent spokesman for their cause. He learnt several languages as a boy from foreign traders on the quay at Exeter, and his translations did much to introduce then little-known literatures to the English speaking world. He would go on to have an adventurous career, including becoming the Governor of Hong Kong. This copy has the ink ownership inscription dated 1879 of Thomas Bowring (1847-1915), the grandson of John Bowring (and feasibly therefore the author's own copy by descent).

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Description

Duodecimo (166 x 99 mm). Near-contemporary green half morocco, spine lettered in gilt, marbled sides and endpapers, top edge gilt.

Illustrations

Folding sheet of music as frontispiece.

Condition

Joints rubbed. A very good copy.

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